Citizens group petitions for COVID funding to save pharmacies from closure
11 Dec 2020
Grassroots campaigning organisation, 38 Degrees, is backing calls for the government to recompense pharmacies for the extra costs they have incurred by staying open to provide health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following discussions with the National Pharmacy Association, a 38 Degrees petition went live yesterday and has already gathered nearly 2000 signatures in 24 hours.
It highlights that many independent pharmacies are now in deficit and calls on the government to keep its promises to support the sector.
Cathy Warren, Campaign Manager at 38 Degrees, said:
“Community pharmacies are a critically important part of our healthcare system. During the pandemic they’ve been a lifeline providing vital healthcare for people up and down the country. No one wants to see their local pharmacy close its doors because of a lack of financial support. That’s why thousands of members of the public are coming together to call on the government to give community pharmacies the cash injection they desperately need.”
NPA Chair, Andrew Lane, said:
“It’s great that such a high profile citizens group has taken this cause on, because it gives the general public an opportunity to have their say on a matter of importance to their daily lives and the lives of their loved-ones. We also want pharmacists and many others working in and around the community pharmacy sector to sign the petition. This is a simple way to make your feelings known about how pharmacies should be supported. A petition by itself is rarely enough to guarantee a change for the better, but it does remind the powers-that-be that people across the country really care about the future of this vital health care network.”
The petition reads:
To: Department of Health and NHS England
Save our local pharmacies
For months, pharmacy teams across the UK have been working without respite on the NHS frontline, playing a vital role in the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and helping reduce the pressure on GPs and A&Es.
But the government hasn’t done enough to give community pharmacies the money they need to meet the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. A third of family-owned pharmacies in England are now in deficit and some have closed for good.
Many more family-owned pharmacies in England could soon be forced to shut their doors unless the government acts.
The first step is to let pharmacies keep the money they were given for the crippling extra costs of staying open during the pandemic. This money was spent by pharmacies to provide vital healthcare and the government must keep its promise to cover these extra costs.
Community pharmacies are a local lifeline. They provide vital health and social care in communities across the country, including the most deprived neighbourhoods.
Please support our local pharmacies – so they can continue to keep people well and save lives!
Sign the petition today and save our local pharmacies